Last night at my son’s band competition, there was a young man sitting next to us wearing a confederate flag hat with the words REBEL across the front. His behavior was perfectly civil otherwise. I’ll admit it bothered me every time I saw it, as I fought the urge to ask him why he was wearing it, but that’s his right.
The band that won the overall competition used the life of Abraham Lincoln as its theme, and at the end of the performance unveiled a large image of the Lincoln Memorial. I glanced over at the guy in the REBEL hat and his head was bowed toward the ground.
I think that was message enough.